‘Ice runner’ broke curfew

A LAVINGTON man waiting to be sentenced over his involvement with a methamphetamine syndicate in Albury had tried to elude police because of a curfew breach, a court heard yesterday.

Wayne McCann is on Supreme Court bail with his sentencing on two drug supply matters pending in the District Court sittings in Albury starting on February 17.

His bail conditions include daily reporting to police and an 8pm to 8am curfew.

But police were patrolling Sutherland Street at Lavington when they saw McCann, 19, of Rose Street, riding a bicycle about 10.50pm on Thursday.

He was travelling along the footpath and police called out his name after recognising him from previous dealings.

McCann moved to the roadway and attempted to get away, but police activated the lights on their vehicle and pulled alongside him.

Police asked why he was running and McCann replied: “I was just riding around the corner to get my mobile phone charger from my girlfriend.”

“Please take me home. I know I’m on bail.

“I have to be in the company of a responsible adult.”

But McCann’s pleas were ignored, he was arrested and taken to the police station.

He appeared in custody in Albury Local Court and solicitor James Sloan said McCann admitted the breach.

“He was a short distance from his home. He was going to get a phone charger,” Mr Sloan said.

Police prosecutor Sgt Shannon Lewis did not oppose bail.

Magistrate Tony Murray agreed to release him on bail, but the curfew was varied to 8pm and 7am because McCann is working.

McCann has admitted his involvement with the ice ring run by drug kingpin Malcolm Collins.

He carried out a courier role, supplying methamphetamine ranging in weight from less than one gram to up to about 3.5 grams between mid-July and early October in 2012.